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Re: [Groff] [groff/patch] transparent gzip

From: Alejandro López-Valencia
Subject: Re: [Groff] [groff/patch] transparent gzip
Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 17:04:24 -0500

On Sunday, August 25, 2002 8:54 AM,
Werner LEMBERG <address@hidden> wrote referring to the unbearable subtleness of

>> I agree that we don't *have* to stick to process boundaries to
>> implement new functionality, but transparent decompression belongs
>> in a library outside of groff, for all to use.
>> No doubt someone's already written one and someone else has done
>> patches for glibc.
> Can you do some research?  I also remember vaguely that such a thing
> already exists.

Cross-platform? I am aware of GNU zlibc, other free libraries are lzo and
ucl, available at

> But the changes from Mark are really minimal; supporting .gz and .bz2
> should be *really* sufficient, shouldn't it?

If you ever consider implementing this, *please* make it optional!!!! (As in
./configure --with-crufty-compression-library=/path).

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